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Post_Oakie

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01-01-2013 07:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: norwood sawmill insects in wood

While cutting logs for my portable sawmill, I came across an ant colony in an ash tree. My first thought was “dang, that log is rotten.” But this piece is beautifully sculpted by the little critters (I don’t expect they were any more pleased to see me than I was to see them). Question is, how do I preserve it, and bring out the grain? I’m thinking of soaking the whole piece in hot liindseed oil. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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#1 posted 01-01-2013 07:31 PM

Hot LO would be a good start. I think I would recommend the raw stuff, not the stuff that dries into a finish (BLO), because you won’t be able to wipe it down enough to prevent the dried collections in corners you can barely reach. You could blow it “clean” with compressed air first, soak it, and blow off the excess oil. If you are going to keep it indoors, not much more may be needed.
DanK

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#2 posted 01-01-2013 08:29 PM

I like the idea of blowing it off with compressed air. Oh yeh, it will definitely stay indoors, maybe as a book end or decorative piece. Thanks!

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